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Union files grievance in bounty case

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 NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance challenging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's authority to suspend four current and former New Orleans players who took part in the Saints' bounty program from 2009-11.

   The complaint claims that conduct before the new collective bargaining agreement was signed last August is not subject to discipline by the NFL. It says only a CBA system arbitrator, not Goodell, should be able to punish players under such circumstances.

   On Wednesday, Goodell suspended linebacker Jonathan Vilma for the 2012 season; defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, now with Green Bay, for eight games; defensive end Will Smith, for four games; and linebacker Scott Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, for three games.

   The union filed its grievance Thursday night.

   (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

 

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